If you’ve been listening to pop music, chances are that in the past year, you’ve heard Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” more than once. So many people have critiqued the song for being shallow and materialistic. Of course, those same people are likely ones that want to keep women out of their power.
While “7 Rings” does express a lot of the pleasure that comes from having money and Ariana Grande’s able to buy all of her favorite things whenever she wants, that is not the point of the song. In fact, it is actually a feminist anthem. Here are some of the reasons why “7 Rings” is an empowering feminist song:
1. It’s a Testament to Female Resilience
Ariana Grande has been through a lot of things that would terrify any one of us. One of the most notable instances of this is when there was a terrorist attack at one of her concerts. And within the last year, one of her close friends died from a drug overdose. She also broke off her long time engagement.
Any one of these things is hard to bounce back from. Yet, somehow, Grande did. And she made this song, which we can all enjoy, despite all of the crazy life-impacting things that have happened to her.
2. Her Album Topped the Charts
Her album Sweetener (which “7 Rings” is from) topped the charts with three singles, including the equally popular “Thank You, Next”. Each of her songs is extremely feminist and show how it’s okay for women to be independent and that men are not an essential feature for women to have in their lives.
Ariana Grande’s amazing music, which she writes herself (as mentioned in “7 Rings”), reveals how a woman can top the charts, succeed on their own, and buy all the things that they want without support from a man.
3. The Song Was Inspired By Friends
Ariana Grande came up with the idea of her song after she went to Tiffany’s with six of her girlfriends and bought them all matching rings. (Although, she did buy a couple more for some wonderful women in her life after the single already came out.)
She doesn’t need a man to buy her any ring because she can buy more than seven diamond rings for anyone she wants, whenever she wants. As a 25-year-old woman, Grande is an inspiration. She has more than enough money to support herself and does not need a man. She can go out with friends and is not lacking anything in life for being single.
The patriarchy always wants to cast women as catty and tear them apart so they can control females. So women supporting women and women being friends with each other without the facilitation of a man is such a crucial narrative.
4.”7 Rings” Speaks Back to The Sound of Music
Many of us are familiar with the song “Favorite Things” from the movie The Sound of Music. While that movie is certainly a classic that we remember up to this day, times were different then.
Back then, women were firmly cast into gender roles and expected to rely on men as the only way to make it through the world. Ariana Grande turns that time period on its head by singing about progress.
Now, women can be anything they want to be regardless of what men think. There is still more progress to be done. But the amount of shattered glass ceilings from multiple amazing women, including Ariana Grande, reveals that times are changing for the better.
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